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Suggestion in Lithuania: drunk drivers who cause car accidents always hold responsible

Danuta Pavilenene, BC, Vilnius, 27.07.2012.Print version
In order to reduce the number of drunk or otherwise intoxicated drivers in Lithuanian roads Lithuanian Member of Parliament Evaldas Jurkevicius proposes to strengthen the provisions of the law, when intoxicated people take part in a car accident.

Jurkevicius proposes adding a provision in the law which would stipulate that when an accident occurs in which one of the participants is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicating substances then this person is always considered as perpetrator of the accident, writes LETA/ELTA.


The European Commission estimates that 25% of all road deaths is directly related to drunk driving.


Lithuanian Police Department under the Ministry of Internal Affairs reports that out of 3,358 car accidents registered in Lithuania in 2011, 505 accidents were caused by intoxicated drivers. In other words, every seventh accident was caused by intoxicated person. Because of them 67 people were killed and 785 injured.

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